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First Research Day in the Arts at Utah State University is This Week!

Research Day speaker

LOGAN — Utah State University’s first research day in the arts is set for Friday, April 8. The day includes a display of student research posters in the newly named Hansen Atrium in the Chase Fine Arts Center from 9 a.m. until noon.

There is also a talk by Lynnette Overby, professor of dance at the University of Delaware, entitled “Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts” at 5 p.m. in FAV 264 in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“Research Day in the Arts” provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff in the Caine College of the Arts (CCA) to share the inquiries, investigations and explorations that constitute research activity in the college.

“The idea for research day came from my work with the Council on Undergraduate Research,” said Alexa Sand, associate professor of art history in the CCA. “I help facilitate strategic planning sessions for teams of faculty and administrators wanting to develop undergraduate research as a recognized, high-impact practice in their humanities and arts curricula, and almost every successful plan I’ve seen includes events on campus to raise awareness that we do research in the arts and humanities as well.”

Sand believes there is a widespread misperception that research is something that happens only in a laboratory or out in the field when, in fact, the creative inquiry, problem-solving and interpretation that lies in the heart of the disciplines in the CCA also constitute research as it’s broadly defined: as the quest for and creation of new ways of understanding the world around us and our place in it.

“Having a day dedicated to celebrating the activities and accomplishments of students and faculty in our college will help us all better understand how we fit into the bigger picture of research at USU,” Sand said. “It will give us an opportunity to demonstrate our research activities to the campus community.”

Sand heard Overby speak at the CUR National Conference in 2014. She was moved and inspired by Overby’s commitment to reaching out across disciplinary boundaries in the arts and humanities to initiate projects that incorporate historical, literary and cultural research in creative

“She involves undergraduate students in every one of her projects from start to finish, so students not only perform the work, they help create it,” Sand said. “She has great energy and positive force of will that I hope will encourage all of us to think about new ways of working together to the benefit of CCA students, building on strengths we already have in our departments and combining them to create innovative, truly interdisciplinary work that meets our stated goal of ‘excellence with integrity.’”

For more information, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or check the college’s website (



Writer: Whitney Schulte, CCA Production Services, for USU Public Relations and Marketing



Photo: (CCA-ResearchDay-lynnette) Dr. Lynnette Overby, professor of dance at the University of Delaware, presents the lecture “Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts” at 5 p.m. in FAV 264 in the Chase Fine Arts Center at USU. The lecture is part of the first USU “Research Day in the Arts” and associated activities.